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Lakes, Mountains & Glaciers: Andean Crossing & W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park
A group tour through the incredible landscapes of Patagonia
16 DAYS - 15 NIGHTS

Patagonia is located in the southern tip of South America and is shared by Chile and Argentina. This land of stunning beauty and natural wonder is home to massive glaciers and majestic mountains. We invite you to this trip visiting Bariloche in the lake district, crossing the border into Chile sailing in 3 lakes and driving land sections to cross the Andes mountain range. Travel to Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales to visit Torres del Paine National Park and hike the famous “W”. End the trip at El Calafate admiring the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier.

We suggest to add as an extra, a visit to El Chaltén. 

Day 1 Bariloche Airport – Bariloche

We welcome you at Bariloche airport and transfer to your hotel in town. The rest of the day is at leisure to visit the city on our own or to do any of the optional excursions that Bariloche has to offer us.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Ayres del Nahuel Hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom

Included Meals: none

 

Day 2 Victoria Island & Myrtle Forest

After a one hour sail, departing from Puerto Pañuelo on the imposing Llao Llao peninsula, we arrive at the Quetrihue peninsula, location of the Bosque de Arrayanes, and north-east of Lago Nahuel Huapi. The myrtle (called “quetrihue” in the mapuche language) is a bush with an exquisite saffron color and white flowers. In this place, the only one in the world, the bush takes a tree-like appearance and creates a magical and rare forest. We will sail again to Puerto Anchorena, on Isla Victoria, where we will find lush vegetation that offers an incredible view. Following the trails of this beautiful and thousand-year-old island, we will reach Playa del Toro, where we can see the paintings made by the native peoples that used to live in the area, surrounded by a magnificent volcanic-sand beach, an unforgettable and magical experience.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Ayres del Nahuel Hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom

Included Meals: breakfast

 

 

Day 3 Bariloche

After Breakfast, the rest of the day is at leisure to visit Bariloche on our own.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Ayres del Nahuel Hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom

Included Meals: breakfast

 

 

Day 4 Bariloche Small Circuit

During any time of the year, as you go down Bustillo Avenue towards the West, you can begin one of the more beautiful and comprehensive trips offered by our Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi: Circuit Chico. It’s a half day trip that goes around the southern border of the Lago Nahuel Huapi, in a 65 kilometers long tour. Along the way, we can go through beaches like Playa Bonita or Bahía Serena, some natural lookout points, like Bahía Lopez and Punto Panoramic, ideal spots to enjoy the wonderful scenery; from there we can see the chair lifts to Cerro Campanario, the Bahía Llao Llao (Bay,) Puerto Pañuelo and other fascinating sights. We can experience Puerto Pañuelo, Llao Llao Hotel and Capilla San Eduardo (Chapel,) all singular attractions for all visitors. Circuit Chico is a very comprehensive trip. Aside from the scenery, there’s an ample offering of regional artisan-made products: weaves’ woods, candles, ceramics, cosmetic products and more. The rest of the afternoon is free.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Ayres del Nahuel Hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom

Included Meals: breakfast

 

Day 5 Cruce Andino – Puerto Varas

After breakfast we transfer to Puerto Pañuelo passing by Lake Nahuel Huapi.

On route we will be marveled by the beautiful Swiss-style architecture that characterizes the constructions of the area. Beautiful gardens and flowers color the landscapes all the way to Puerto Pañuelo.

Around 10.00 AM we will start sailing from Puerto Pañuelo to Puerto Blest aboard the Gran Victoria, navigating across Lake Nahuel Huapi, where we will be able to observe the grandeur of the landscapes and the green tones of the forests.

Upon arrival to Puerto Blest we travel by bus along River Frías to Puerto Alegre, and then we continue sailing across Lake Frías, aboard the Victoria del Sur. Along this stretch of the lake, we will experience beautiful views of Cerro Tronador. After a short sail, we arrive to Puerto Frías where we will complete the necessary steps at the border. Then we continue by bus to Peulla with beautiful views of the Andes Mountains and after we sail again to Petrohué, navigating across Lake Todos los Santos. If the weather permits, different and breathtaking views of the Osorno and Puntiagudo volcanoes and Cerro Tronador can be seen. Then we continue to Puerto Varas, passing by Lake Llanquihue. Impressive views of Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes dominate the landscape. Then we transfer to our hotel in Puerto Varas.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Patagonia Hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom

Included Meals: breakfast  

 

Day 6 Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Waterfalls

After breakfast we will start a new adventure where we will be able to see an active volcano, renowned for its perfect formation, and the famous Petrohué Waterfalls, both important landmarks in Southern Chile. A lake originating from a glacier and an active volcano, famous for its perfectly shaped crater, are the two attractions we will visit today. The tour starts on the southern shores of the Llanquihue Lake, where we will learn about the German settlers and agriculture in the zone. Once in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, we enjoy the imposing Petrohué Waterfalls, which stun visitors with their turquoise waters. From there, we will go on to the origin of the Petrohué River, Todos los Santos Lake, where we will visit some of its sleepy beaches. By then, we will be at the foot of the Osorno Volcano to enjoy a lunch (non included) in the village of Ensenada, before continuing up to the ski resort on the volcano. On our way back to Puerto Varas we will be stunned by the panoramic views of the Petrohué River valley and the beautiful Llanquihue Lake.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Patagonia Hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom

Included Meals: breakfast

 

Day 7 Puerto Varas

After Breakfast, the rest of the day is at leisure to visit the town on our own. We can also do any of the optional Excursions: Frutillar or Chiloe Island. 

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Patagonia Hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom

Included Meals: breakfast 

  

Day 8 Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

After Breakfast we transfer by bus to Puerto Mont`s Airport to take our flight to Punta Arenas. Once we arrive we take a bus to Puerto Natales where we will spend the night.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Hostal Francis Drake (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: breakfast

 

Day 9 Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park

Early in the morning we transfer to the bus station in Puerto Natales to take a regular bus to Torres del Paine National Park, World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). Approaching the Park, we start to see the different mountains that feature the area: Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto and the Towers. The bus stops at Laguna Amarga where we get off and start walking to out camp in Las Torres area. It is a two hours walk, very enjoyable. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Full Camp Las Torre, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent 

 

 

Day 10 Torres del Paine - Ascencio River Valley - Paine Towers viewpoint

Early in the morning we start walking towards the bridge over the Ascensio river, headtrail for the world famous Paine towers. We "warm up" hiking a steep one hour slope, to get inside the valley itself, a narrow "V" shape alpine valley coming from inside the Paine massif. A gentle downhill leads us to Refugio Chileno, a cozy and comfortable mountain lodge, which can be a good turnaround point for those not willing to make a full day hike. We then walk in a gentle slope along the river side and inside beech forest. A final climb on moraine take us to the Towers viewpoint: a glacier origin lagoon and the three towers rising vertically 1000 mts from the glacier. The lack of breath will be either because the climb and the sight!!!! We go back to our camp on the same way we came. Walking time: 7 to 8 hs.

Accommodation: Full Camp Las Torre, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in a dining tent

 

Day 11 Las Torres - Los Cuernos

Today we start a 2 days traverse from Las Torres to Lake Pehoe, with one night at Refugio Los Cuernos, The so called “Nordenskjöld lake traverse” or “Traverse of the Horns”. The walk goes along lake Nordenskjöld and at the foot of Admiral Nieto and the Horns.

Accommodation: Full Camp Los Cuernos, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in Los Cuernos Refuge.

 

Day 12 Torres del Paine - French Valley

After an early start, we continue our traverse up to the Italian Camp, gate to the French valley, with splendid views of the south east Himalayan style face of Paine Grande and the Horns. We hike up valley to the upper viewpoints (British camp), at the entrance of a unique cirque surrounded by granite spires that feature the high valley: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (The Fortress). Back to Italian camp, we head to lake Skkotberg and finally to lake Pehoe, where our camp is located.

Accommodation: Full Camp Paine Grande, Double or Single tent

Included Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner

 

Camp equipment is provided: tent and sleeping bag. Meals are served in Paine Grande Refuge.

 

Day 13 Viewpoint Grey Glacier - Crossing Pehoe Lake - Puerto Natales

Lake Grey trail leads from Pehoe valley across ridges to reach Grey valley. This magnificent valley flows down 60 km from the Patagonian Ice field, featuring the huge glacier calving down in the grey color lake. Our trail skirts the lake, going up and down the westerns slopes of Paine Grande, offering some of the most impressive sights of the Park. From the high sections of the trail, many different viewpoints allow us to see the south end of the lake where the blue icebergs gather, the mountains rising far in the distance above glaciers Grey and Tyndall, and of course lake and glacier Grey. We reach the main viewpoint, a rocky point somewhat 2 hs away from Pehoe, with views over the Lake and Glacier Grey and the surrounding glaciers and mountains. We come back along the same trail, crossing bogs, shrublands and forest. By noon we take the boat to cross Lake Pehoe to Puerto Pudeto where we take a bus to go back to Puerto Natales to spend the night.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Hotel Francis Drake (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Day 14 Puerto Natales – El Calafate

We leave early in the morning Puerto Natales getting back to the border to reenter Argentina and drive to El Calafate. Upon arrival to El Calafate you will be met by our staff and transferred to you accommodation. The rest of the day is on your own to visit town.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Tierra Tehuelche Hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: breakfast

Day 15 Perito Moreno Glacier

We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Moreno glacier. This ice field- type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Ice field, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometers is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Because unusual favorable local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience.

Accommodation options:

Double or single base: Tierra Tehuelche Hotel (or similar)

Hostel base: shared room and shared bathroom.

Included Meals: breakfast

Day 16 El Calafate –El Calafate Airport

After breakfast we transfer to El Calafate airport where our services end.

Included Meals: Breakfast

  

INCLUDED SERVICES

• Incoming services

• Bilingual tour leader (Spanish – English) when the group has 4 passengers or more*.

• Mountain guides while on trek days 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.
• Bosque de Arrayanes Excursion

• Small Circuit Bariloche Excursion

• Cruce Andino Bariloche – Puerto Varas    

• Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Waterfalls Excursion

• Excursion Perito Moreno Glacier

• Internal Flight Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas

• All transfers: Bariloche airport - Bariloche – Puerto Pañuelo - Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales – Laguna Amarga - Puerto Pudeto - Puerto Natales - El Calafate – El Calafate airport

• 15 Breakfast, 4 Box Lunch, 4 Dinners   

 

NON INCLUDED SERVICES

• Entrance fees to National Parks
• Medical and life insurance
• Tips
• Drinks and beverages (all foods are without alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks)
• Flights or airport taxes
• Optional excursions
• Services not shown or detailed in the program

PRICES FOR THIS TRIP
 
There is a minimum of 4 passengers to confirm this trip.  So, if you are a solo traveler, please contact us to find out the dated with passengers already signed up. 

The maximum number of passengers in the group is 14.

Standard category
Double base: USD 6598 (Private room for two passengers traveling together).
Single base: USD 7626 (Private room for one person)
Hostel base: USD 5973 (Shared room and shared bathroom with other passengers).
 
GROUP DEPARTURE DATES FOR THIS TRIP

Trip 1 
START January 15th, 2023, Sunday
END January 30th 2023, Monday

Trip 2
START March 12th 2023, Sunday
END March 27th 2023, Monday